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Blackbird SATA RAID Nests on Desktops

TORRANCE, CA - August 14, 2007 - MicroNet Technology today rolled a out a new compact e-SATA storage array for SMB and SOHO customers.

The new SR-4 Blackbird SATA RAID array is MicroNet's answer to the traditionally costly and bulky direct-attached JBOD/RAID disk array. It packs 4 SATA drive bays into a compact 12-pound device with a desktop footprint about ½ the size of a sheet of notebook paper. Read performance is upto 240MB/sec, and write performance is upto 200MB/sec. OS support includes Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.

Each unit is bundled with an eSATA RAID controller (PCI-Express or PCI-X). The SATA-2 drives plug directly into the unit's backplane, eliminating the complexity of drive cabling and simplifying the process of swapping out drives for repairs or upgrades.

MicroNet's SR-4 Blackbird SATA RAID arrays are available in 1, 2,3 and 4 TB capacities. Pricing starts at $599 for a 1TB configuration with a PCI-X card and ranges up to $ 2,499 for the 4TB model with a PCI-Express card. ...MicroNet profile, Animal Brands in the Storage Market


STEC has High Hopes for Zeus IOPS SSDs

SANTA ANA, Calif - August 13, 2007 - STEC, Inc. announced today its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2007.

Revenue for the second quarter of 2007 was $43.7 million, a decrease of 7.6% compared to Q206.

"During the second quarter of 2007, sampling activity and production revenue from our new line of Zeus IOPS Solid-State Drives accelerated in the Enterprise-storage and Video-on-Demand sectors," said Manouch Moshayedi, STEC's CEO. "Market receptivity for Zeus IOPS with Fibre Channel has been exceptional. We believe that at this time, our technology is clearly the leading technology for Enterprise-level applications... More importantly, we believe that our long-term outlook for our SSD technology for the Enterprise-storage and Enterprise-server sectors, VoD and other target sectors is very bright." ...STEC profile

Editor's comments:-
in its conference call the company confirmed that its future is tied to the success of its SSD products (rather than its legacy RAM products). In my view STEC sounded much too complacent about its technology lead and lack of competition in the enterprise server SSD market, factors which the company said would help it maintain high profit margins.


SAN Support for Mainframe Data Library

Burlington, MA - August 13, 2007 - today, Bus-Tech, Inc. announced upcoming support for clustered SAN support in its Mainframe Data Library; the tape-on-disk controller for IBM and compatible mainframes.

This enhancement to the MDL allows fibre channel attached disks to be shared across multiple MDL Emulation Nodes. A SAN attached MDL now has all the redundancy and high-availability characteristics previously available only for IP-attached storage implementations. The MDL provides multiple independently operating Emulation Nodes to insure the highest availability. Each Emulation Node provides a minimum of 2 FICON or ESCON channel interfaces and a fully populated MDL emulates up to 1,024 mainframe tape drives. The MDL supports in-line data encryption and IDRC compression. ...Bus-Tech profile, Disk to disk backup


Recovery from Water Damaged Hard Drives

Editor:- August 13, 2007 - Disklabs Data Recovery and Forensic Services today published a new article called - "Recovering Data from Drowned / Flooded Hard Drives."

It's bad enough being in the situation where your home or office has been flooded. As the waters recede data recovery from water damaged hard drives may be possible. But if you don't heed the advice in this article you may unwittingly cause more data damage. The best thing to do is the opposite of what you might intuitively expect. ...read the article, ...Disklabs profile


Noise Damping Techniques for PATA SSDs

Editor:- August 10, 2007 - SiliconSystems today published a new white paper called - "Noise Damping Techniques for PATA SSDs in Military-Embedded Systems."

This article looks at electronic signal integrity issues in integrating high speed PATA SSDs. It helps electronic designers understand how factors such as ground bounce, loading, power supply noise and signal trace mismatches can lead to false data or even device damage. Examples given in the tutorial style commentary include scope shots and logic analyzer traces. ...read the article, ...SiliconSystems profile, storage chips, storage analyzers

Editor's comments:-
the article gives a good grounding (couldn't resist that one) in the signal quality factors needed to get high reliability operation and is equally relevant to hard disks. To simplify the 20 page document:- if you connect reliable electronic modules using unreliable signal paths - that will compromise the integrity of the data. Logic states are virtual - but digital signals are real and can have completely different shapes to what you expect if you don't follow basic rules.


Fujitsu Says 1.2 terabyte 2.5" Disks are Doable

Sunnyvale, CA - August 9, 2007 - Fujitsu today announced it has successfully demonstrated a new high density magnetic disk technology which could deliver up to 1.2T on a 2-platter 2.5" hard drive.

Details were published last month in the journal "Applied Physics Letters". ...Fujitsu profile


Sun Launches 4U VTL

SANTA CLARA, Calif - August 8, 2007 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. announced the availability of the Sun StorageTek Virtual Tape Library Value System.

The 4U rackmount system (list price $84,995) includes 48x 500GB SATA hard drives (24T raw capacity), connects via 2Gbps fibre-channel ports and delivers upto 250MB/Sec throughput. ...Sun Microsystems profile, Disk to disk backup, Tape Libraries


STEC Announces Native SAS Flash SSDs

SANTA ANA, Calif - August 8, 2007 - STEC today announced the industry's first native SAS flash solid state disks.

Zeus-IOPS products will be standard 3.5-inch form factor SSDs built with NAND Flash as the storage media. STEC says these high performance products will deliver 52,000 Sustained Random Read IOPS and 17,000 Sustained Random Write IOPS. The max sustained read throughput is 250MB/sec and 200MB/sec sustained writes. Zeus-IOPS SATA products are expected to start shipping to OEMs in Q407. Zeus-IOPS SAS products are expected to start shipping to OEMs in Q108. ...STEC profile

Editor's comments:-
Q108 is still a long way in the future - and if you need SAS SSDs today the only real option is RAM-SSDs from Solid Access Technologies. The new Zeus products (if available today) would be the fastest 3.5" SSDs. Until then the HyperXCLR (197MB/s sustained read/ write) from Curtis retains that title.


QLogic Samples 8Gbs Fibre Channel

ALISO VIEJO, Calif - August 8, 2007 - QLogic Corp. today revealed that it has begun sampling its portfolio of 8Gbs Fibre Channel switches and host bus adapters to major OEMs.

8Gb Fibre Channel doubles the performance of today's 4Gb Fibre Channel products while maintaining full backward compatibility with the large installed base of 4Gb and 2Gb solutions. ...QLogic profile, SAN, Fibre-channel adapters, Record Breaking Storage


Voltaire Reports 194% Revenue Growth

HERZELIYA, Israel - August 8, 2007 - Voltaire Ltd. today announced financial results for the 3 month period ended June 30, 2007.

Revenue increased by 194% to $11.7 million compared to Q206. "This has been another strong quarter for Voltaire" said Ronnie Kenneth, Chairman and CEO. "During the quarter we shipped our new 20Gbps switch platform and continued to penetrate growth-oriented vertical markets..." ...Voltaire profile
other storage news on this page

Blackbird SATA RAID Nests on Desktops

STEC has High Hopes for Zeus IOPS SSDs

SAN Support for Mainframe Data Library

Recovery from Water Damaged Hard Drives

Noise Damping Techniques for PATA SSDs

Fujitsu Says 1.2 terabyte 2.5" Disks are Doable

Sun Launches 4U VTL

STEC Announces Native SAS Flash SSDs

QLogic Samples 8Gbs Fibre Channel

Voltaire Reports 194% Revenue Growth
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Data Recovery - the Guide We Hope You'll Never Need
Editor:- as readers know - we like predicting future storage market changes here on StorageSearch.com and then going back a few years later to see what actually happened.

But sadly, there's one kind of storage event which you can't plan for...

...When disaster strikes and you need a data recovery company.

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In more than decade covering the data recovery market I've learned the experts in this field can fix products ranging from a single drive to every critical disk in an affected area.

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